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2009: Disney Employees Donate to CDH Pediatric Patients
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Disney Employees Donate to CDH Pediatric Patients

WINFIELD, Ill., December 15, 2009 – To help brighten the day of the pediatric patients at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), Disney “VoluntEARs” from Oak Brook Center (store #383) reached into their own earnings to donate new Disney plush toys.

“We wanted to make sure children in the hospital weren’t forgotten during the holidays,” said store lead Isabelle Fajks of Lombard, who works in the Oak Brook Center Store.

The store “VoluntEARs” program collected the new plush toys from employees through November and December. Children from birth to 18 years of age who are patients of Central DuPage Hospital will enjoy the comfort the toys bring. The two giant “Santa Sacks” contained some of Disney’s most popular characters from “101 Dalmatians” to “The Aristocats” to “Dumbo.”

CDH Child Life Specialist Trina Krischon graciously accepted the donation. “The Disney plush toys are a wonderful way for us to provide comfort to children facing difficult procedures. The characters can also help reduce a child’s anxiety of being in a hospital environment and away from home.” Child Life uses donations to help normalize a child’s healthcare experience and offer opportunities for education, self-expression and play.

CDH offers a full range of inpatient services, including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staffed by hospitalists, neonatologists and intensivists around the clock. In the Pediatric Outpatient Center, parents have access to a wide range of experienced pediatric sub-specialists, including those in cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, allergy/immunology, hematology/oncology, urology and surgery. CDH also runs a Pediatric Emergency Department staffed by pediatric emergency physicians during select hours each week.

Gifts of cash for this purpose or donated new toys are gratefully accepted. The toys are distributed to pediatric patients throughout the year. Toys that are especially popular and are on Child Life’s Santa List are:

  • infant/toddler toys (musical toys, rattles, crib players, soft cloth toys)
  • Play-Doh
  • arts/craft supplies
  • decks of cards
  • hand-held electronic games
  • boxed puzzles

To make a gift or to arrange a new toy drive for your organization, contact Kurt Wolbrink, Cadence Health Foundation, at (630) 933-6989.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.

For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. CDH has affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for specialty pediatric care and, most recently, nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

Christopher King
630-776-5373 (cell)